Have you noticed that kale is now everywhere and that there’s always someone boasting about it? Kale has become ever so popular; the super-star of the leafy greens in the produce aisle.
It comes from the cruciferous vegetable family or as I like to call it: the smelly family! It’s related to vegetables like broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage and cauliflower. You know, the kind of family you always need to crack open a window when they’re over?
There are many types of kale; leaves can be green or almost purple in color, with smooth or curly textures, but they are universally thick, tough and known to taste a bit bitter. The most common type you are likely to find at your grocery store is curly kale; which has curled green leaves.
Kale is not really off to the most appealing start, is it? Comes from a smelly family…is thick, tough and tastes bitter? You might be thinking; what the kale is all the fuss about then? Truth be told, kale does have a very impressive list of nutritional benefits. Also, it can actually taste pretty amazing. Here are 4 reasons that will make kale your new friend with benefits.
1. Kale is one of the most nutrient dense foods out there!
At just 33 calories a cup, kale is ridiculously packed with vitamins and nutrients.
– Kale is an excellent source of Vitamin A (206% of Daily Value): Great for vision, skin and helping prevent lung/oral cavity cancers.
– Has more Vitamin C (134%) than orange: Helps immune system, metabolism and hydration.
– One of the best sources of Vitamin K (684%): Necessary for a wide variety of bodily functions including bone health and helps protect against various cancers.
It also contains large amounts of Vitamin B6, Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium, Copper, Manganese and Protein. No to mention, omega-3 fatty acid which is popular for preventing and treating diseases of the heart.
2. Per calorie, kale has more iron than beef!
Iron is an essential mineral for good health. It helps transport oxygen to various parts of the body, aids in the formation of hemoglobin and enzymes, cell growth, proper liver function and more.
3. Kale is packed with antioxidants!
Kale contains significant amounts of antioxidants which help rid the body of dangerous free radicals. Kale’s antioxidants can also help keep skin looking great by preventing loss of skin elasticity.
4. Move over carrots, kale for healthy eyes!
While it is true that carrots are good for vision, kale may have a bigger impact. Kale is packed with Lutein and zeaxanthi; which help keep vision healthy and limit risk of chronic eye diseases and age related macular degeneration.
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